T. Japaridze thanked the guest for the visit and noted that support by the Netherlands is important for Georgia. The Netherlands, in democracy development, financial system construction with the WB, Monetary Fund and donor countries, contributed a lot. According to G. Tsereteli, the Netherlands is a partner for Georgia and one of the decision-making countries in Europe.
T. Japaridze spoke about the role of the Parliament in democratic institution building and inter-Parliamentary cooperation. Sharing Dutch experience in EU integration process is necessary for Georgia. “We build democratic country where the rule of law, justice principles will be protected. We may make mistakes but we also learn and will not deviate from this course. Development of Georgia in this direction is an irreversible process”.
One of the main priorities for Georgia is democracy capacity building, which is necessary for security and fast realization of EUAA and visa liberalization serve for this purpose. “Georgian people shall see that Europe is not indifferent to them”.
According to Anke-Brokers Knoll, Georgia has achieved significant process. EU integration of Georgia is important for the Netherlands as well as Georgia is the hub for democracy in the region.
As T. Japaridze stated, Georgia can become the bridge between the region and Europe. The parties spoke about EU integration and Russia-Georgia relations. As Georgian MPs noted, Georgian citizens, the Government and the opposition are loyal to European values.
According to Anke-Brokers Knoll, the Netherlands gives high evaluation to progress of Georgia. “My country will remain the devoted friend of Georgia”. The parties agreed on cooperation.
The Committee considered with the II reading the draft on Official Statistics, to be approximated to the European standards of Statistic System. The relevant change is to be adopted to the Code on Administrative Offenses.
According to the CEO of Statistic Service, M. Guntsadze, the service shall be granted authority to inquire personal information from the administrative bodies, legal entities and natural persons. If the person registered in non-commercial legal entity register, fails to submit the inquired information, he/she shall be notified and then fined with 200 GEL which does not exempt him/her from obligation.
The draft changes the rule of election of council members, who are not public servants and who are appointed by the PM. They shall be selected by open contest. The chair of the council shall be granted with some functions: endorsement of the quantity of personnel and salary fund, endorsement of statistic standards and methods applied for activity.
The new subject shall emerge – GeoStats advisory council, the decision of which shall be of recommendation character.
The Committee expressed remarks on confidentiality. More protection shall be provided by means of the list of confidential information the right to inquire of which shall be granted to the service.
The Committee will support the draft if remarks are shared and the list is provided to the Parliament within two weeks.
The Committee considered the draft on Legal Status of Foreign Citizens and Stateless Persons with the II reading. The draft increases the list of the authorized bodies to issue visa, supplemented it with the MFA. The draft envisages capacity of MFA to issue e-visas and defines regulations. The visa definition shall be reformulated as the permit to the travel document. The person authorized to invite was defined as the written petitions by foreign states and other organizations. The residence permit shall be supplemented with the new category – short-term permit. Visa categories are to be change das well.
The package includes the drafts: on State Tax; Budgetary Code; Municipal Code. The Committee considered the draft resolution on changes to the Resolution of November 7, 2012 N40-Is on Permanent Delegations. The Georgia-EU Parliamentary Cooperation Committee shall be replaced with the Georgia-EU Parliamentary Association Committee.
The Changes is to be adopted to the resolution of March 6, 2013 on Friendship Groups, supplementing them with Georgia-Malaysia Friendship Group. The Committee supported the drafts.
The Committee considered the draft on Criminal Code of Practice with the II reading.
The draft envisages the criminal prosecution to the convict onset prior to enactment of the Code and conviction term has been terminated, the conviction term shall be defined as 9 months prior to the trial.
The Committee supported the draft with the II reading.
The Speaker made the elucidation regarding resignation of the Ministry of Sports and Youth Issues. He noted that in the event of renovation of more than one-third of the Government, the Parliament shall re-vote of confidence to the new structure. It is a democratic mechanism enacted as a result of the Constitutional changes adopted by the Parliament two years ago.
“I found out that one more Government member, the Ministry of Sports, resigned. In this event we deal with the situation when we expect renovation of more than one-third of the Government after the vote of confidence thereto last summer. Correspondingly, our Constitution and the legislation envisage some procedures. The new structure shall obtain the vote of confidence by the Parliament again. At that, the new structure, this term is of utmost importance as the Prime Minister is exclusively authorized to appoint the Ministers and after reformation of the Government, the Parliament is involved.
Under out legislation, the Prime Minister has two weeks to select candidates of the new Ministers and after that under the Constitution, the renovated structure, and renovation is recognized after the new Ministers are appointed, they are nominated by the President to the Parliament. The Parliament has a week to make the decision, so the time for the Prime Minister started. As to our terms and the term for the President, they will start when the candidates are selected by the PM. I would like to make this elucidation as we have to work on this issue. This is the Constitutional procedure. I remind you that it is as a result of the Constitutional changes.
The old edition envisaged endless opportunity for changing the Ministers without asking the Parliament. 2 years ago we adopted these changes to the Constitution to increase the role of the Parliament at due extent and to allow the PM to at his/her discretion change one-third of the Ministers, but it is logic that if more than one-third are resigned, the vote of confidence is required by the Parliament. The democratic mechanism, returned by us to the Constitution, will apply in the nearest days, which is very good”.
The Georgian Parliament’s Chairperson, David Usupashvili, will sign a Declaration on Parliamentary Openness anda Memorandum between the Parliament of Georgia and international and non-governmental organizations today 15:00, in the building of the Parliament of Georgia in Kutaisi.
By signing these documents, Georgia will become the first country in the region to subscribe to the Open Parliament principles and promote legislative openness within the frames of the Open Government Partnership (OGP).
The initiative is supported by the European Union and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in cooperation with the Georgian non-governmental organization Institute for Development of Freedom of Information (IDFI).
The Parliament’s work towards key principles of the Open Government Partnership (OGP) – transparency, accountability, citizen participation, technology and innovation, is being led by the Open Parliament Georgia Working Group launched in February this year. The group includes 12 members of the Parliament’s Inter-Factional Group and is chaired by MP Tinatin Khidasheli, Head of the Parliament’s Committee for European Integration.
In the coming months, the Working Group will draft an Open Parliament Georgia Action Plan and present it to the Parliament for ratification.
The Declaration is a call by civil society organizations that monitor the work of parliament (parliamentary monitoring organizations or PMOs) for an increased commitment to openness and to citizen engagement in parliamentary work. The Declaration was officially launched at the World e-Parliament Conference 2012 in Rome, Italy, on the International Day of Democracy, September 15, 2012. The document is presently supported by more than 160 organizations from 82 countries.
The OGP is a multilateral initiative that aims to secure concrete commitments from governments to promote transparency, empower citizens, fight corruption, and harness new technologies to make government more open, effective and accountable. Georgia joined the OGP in 2011 and in 2014 became the member of the OGP Steering Committee.
Supporting the legislative openness is the new trend in the OGP which promotes greater openness of the legislative process and enables citizens to engage in policymaking more effectively.
The Parliamentary speaker of Georgia Davit Usupashvili declared that this government is absolutely legitimate and has the parliament confidence until the parliament approves another one.
According to Usupashvili, everyone is free to express his or her own position but he does not want to mislead anybody or create an impression of the government having no authority.
“According to the Constitution, the government is absolutely legitimate and has the Parliament’s confidence before another one is approved. You all have a right to assess the government, but I would like to ask you to refrain from suspicion,”- Usupashvili stated.
The Georgian Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili talked about the changes in Georgian government at the Briefing. Irakli Garibashvili addressed The Georgian President and Parliament:
“Georgian Government, the Ministers have scheduled very important international meetings, these visits mean a lot for our country and because of that I am asking the parliament and the president, to regain confidence as fast as possible. And also, I call the society and political parties to remain calm, because we are ready to continue our duty.”
As the Georgian Prime Minister said, there will be changes only in two Ministries: Sport and Youth Affairs and the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources Protection.
Georgian Minister of Sport and Youth Affairs Levan Kipiani declared the reason of his resignation:
“The members of Georgian Parliaments Sport and Youth Affairs Committee think about their own interests first of all and not about the Country. I am not the one who thinks that way and because of that I leave”.
The former Georgian Minister of Sport and Youth Affairs, Levan Kipiani talk about the successful Projects, which were implemented by the Ministry of Sport and Youth Affairs.
Levan Kipiani also stressed, that he leaves the position of Georgian Minister of Sport and Youth Affairs, but he stays in sport’s sphere. Former Minister did not say where will he continue his activities in the future.
The Georgian Minister of Sport and Youth Affairs, Levan Kipiani resigned today.
The former Minister made an announcement about resignation during the special briefing in the Ministry of Sport and Youth.
As Levan Kipiani said, he resigned because of the Georgian parliamentary sport and youth affairs committee’s announcements against the former minister and his team.
Due to the Sport’s Minister’s recent resignation, Georgia’s government is considered dissolved and its remnants must regain the Parliament’s confidence.
According to Georgia’s Constitution, the government needs to make an effort to regain the Parliament’s confidence if 1/3 of its members leave their posts. The Cabinet consists of 20 members, including the Prime Minister.
The latter can change six ministers at his discretion, but in case of a seventh minister’s resignation, the Cabinet is considered dissolved and the issue of its confidence is presented to the Parliament.
Minister of Sports and Youth Affairs Levan Kipiani is the seventh minister to leave office in recent times. Under the Georgian constitution, the President must offer new government members to the parliament to regain confidence within a week.
The parliament will discuss the issue in 7 days, once the government members have been presented.